The Washington Times - January 13, 2012, 10:13AM

Cody Eakin’s back in the bigs and apparently back in the Washington Capitals’ lineup Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Just recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Thursday, Eakin took line rushes at the morning skate on the fourth line with Jason Chimera and Jay Beagle. It looks like he’ll replace Mathieu Perreault.


The lines got a little jumble, although on defense Tomas Kundratek is expected to stay in and play his second career NHL game. John Erskine and Jeff Schultz out again.

Again, no Nicklas Backstrom, and there’s no timetable for his return from a head injury.

Here’s a look:

Alex Ovechkin - Marcus Johansson - Alexander Semin

Mike Knuble - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer

Matt Hendricks - Jeff Halpern - Joel Ward

Jason Chimera - Cody Eakin - Jay Beagle

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov - Dennis Wideman

Roman Hamrlik - Tomas Kundratek

Tomas Vokoun is set to make his eighth straight start.